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The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multirole aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air superiority fighter missions.[4] The F-35 has three different models; one is the conventional takeoff and landing variant, the second is short takeoff and vertical-landing variant, and the third is a carrier-based variant.


The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. Its development is being principally funded by the United States, with the United Kingdom, and other partner governments providing additional funding.[5] It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems as major partners.[5] Demonstrator aircraft flew in 2000,[6] with the first flight on 15 December 2006.[



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The F-35 program has been an expensive boondoggle for years, despite repeated efforts to bring program costs under control and deliver a functional aircraft. Current program costs are estimated at $406.5 billion, and that's before you factor in repair and maintenance over the lifetime of the fighters.

Two U.S. senators are pushing the Trump administration to sell F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Taiwan. In a letter addressed to Trump on March 26, Sens. John Cornyn and James Inhofe urged the president to sell Taiwan the F-35B fighter jets. If that could not be arranged, Cornyn and Inhofe said ...
The F-35B is one of three variants of the F-35 aircraft and the only one with the ability to land vertically like a helicopter. It can also takeoff in a much shorter space than other fighter jets, which is why it can operate off the Wasp, a warship only half the size of the 100,000-ton aircraft carriers in the US fleet. South Korea
In April 2017, Taiwan's then-Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan told the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee that he would formally declare Taiwan's intention to purchase the F-35 stealth fighter during a visit to Washington in July. Yet, no announcement was made at the time. As I reported ...
District officials are now pushing for federal sound insulation funds for the school. They are also racing to test the school's noise levels independently of the federal government to prepare a contingency plan. The first F-35 fighter jet is scheduled arrive this fall at the airport's Vermont Air National Guard base.

The F-35 program has been the subject of numerous delays and cost revisions. Even President Donald Trump has taken aim at the project on the basis of the ever-inflating cost of the stealth fighter, which he described as “out of control.” Trump once bragged that the fighter was invisible, saying, “You literally ...
A new contract for more F-35 fighter jets will take time, given the focus on cost, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson tells CNBC. The world's largest defense contractor has been negotiating with the Pentagon on the next contract since last year. Cost has been a huge sticking point for the F-35, ...
Two Israeli F-35 fighter jets entered Iranian airspace over the past several weeks, according to the Jerusalem Post. The two stealth fighters flew over Syrian and Iraqi airspace to reach Iran and targeted locations in the Iranian cities of Bandar Abbas, Esfahan, and Shiraz, according to the newspaper, ...
The late-December announcement by the US Air Force that Madison's Truax Field is the chosen home for a squadron of F-35 fighter jets (provided it clears a final study) is a huge victory for the city, politicians representing the area say. The choice of Madison out of five Air National Guard base finalists ...
Bringing the U.S.-North Korea tension to Fort Worth at least for a day, officials from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin on Wednesday delivered the first of 40 F-35 fighter jet to South Korea. Dozens of dignitaries from the Far East attended the event at Lockheed Martin's massive Air Force Plant 4 in west ...
In the final week of February, US and Japanese military and civilian VIPs gathered at Misawa Air Base for a celebration held by the 3rd Air Wing of the Japan Air Self Defense Force to welcome its first F-35A fighter aircraft. This was the second F-35A to roll off the new assembly line at a Mitsubishi Heavy ...
WASHINGTON — As the production rate of Lockheed Martin's F-35 joint strike fighter goes up, the company is wrestling with quality escapes involving the jet's low observability features, which now amount to about half of all defects on the aircraft, the company's vice president of the program revealed ...
What makes this otherwise rather modest requirement of such significance is that some of the Tornado fighters are dual-capable, meaning they have the special wiring and controls to deliver nuclear weapons. Unless their replacement is capable of delivering nuclear weapons, Germany will be unable to ...
... the F-35 nor has any request been made to the Americans,” the commanding officer of the IAF, Air Chief Marshal Birender Sing Dhanoa, told The Indian Express last week. Indian media reports emerged in February that the IAF is considering the F-35A to fill a requirement for up to 126 fighter jets as a deal ...
F-35 stealth fighters have landed on a Navy ship in the Pacific for the first time as the U.S. beefs up its military presence in the region in a warning to China and North Korea. A detachment of F-35B Lightning IIs—the naval variant of the warplane which allows vertical landing and take-off—landed aboard the ...

During the F-35 Lightning II's pre-Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, Airmen from the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron had the opportunity to work with all three variants of the Joint Strike Fighter. Tactical Air Control Party Airmen coordinate air support with joint and international platforms, making ...
“The F-35's affordability is also attractive for New Delhi. In contrast to the bare-bones price of $115 million for each Rafale fighter (with India-specific enhancements, spares, logistics and weapons all extra), the F-35A cost customers $94.6 million last February,” the Business Standard notes. “Lockheed ...
The French proposal of the Rafale falls outside the Belgian tender, as Paris seeks to build a broad bilateral relationship aimed mainly to counter an offer of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.Those cooperation agreements bring to more than 30 contracts signed with Belgian partners for activities including service ...
In what would be a huge capability jump, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is increasingly interested in procuring the American F-35 Lightning II for its depleting fighter fleet. Business Standard learns the IAF top brass is formally requesting for a classified briefing by the F-35's prime builder, Lockheed Martin, on the ...
“We are considering several candidates, with the capability of the F-35 as the benchmark.” The German Ministry of Defence has sent a formal RFI (Request for Information) for different fighter jets, like the F-15E and F/A-18E/F, both built by Boeing, and the Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 4. But it's difficult to ...
Above, an F-35 from the 33rd Fighter Wing that took part in training exercises at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Camp Douglas. ... accepting public comments on the scope of a study it will conduct on the expected environmental impact of basing a squadron of F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field in Madison.
Above, an F-35 from the 33rd Fighter Wing that took part in training exercises at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Camp Douglas. ... begin accepting public comment next month as it begins to compile a report describing the expected environmental impact of basing a squadron of F-35 fighter jets at Truax ...
The Pentagon's accelerated development of a “nuclear-armed" F-35 Joint Strike Fighter attack envelope is of critical importance to a new sweeping strategic nuclear weapons modernization and development strategy aimed countering Russia, China and North Korea -- and addressing a much more serious ...
Lockheed Martin's F-35 will expand its presence in the Asia-Pacific region this year, as Australia, Japan, and South Korea begin populating their first Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) bases. As a prelude to the coming expansion of the F-35 in Asia, two U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs belonging to the Marine Fighter ...
High levels of tension in key regions are a big demand driver, along with delayed replacement cycles in many countries. But the interesting aspect of this growth is that it is primarily benefiting high-end models, particularly (but not exclusively) Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. What was once an ...
The Pentagon intends to ask Congress to approve $10.7 billion to buy 77 Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jets in the fiscal year set to begin Oct. 1, according to U.S. officials. The proposal for the Defense Department's costliest program will be included Feb. 12 as part of a fiscal 2019 base defense budget plan ...
WASHINGTON — Look at the skies above Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa and twice daily you'll get a glimpse of U.S. Air Force F-35 fighter jets taking off, only to land several hours later. Watch the base itself and you'll see maintainers working round the clock to ensure the service's ...
SINGAPORE - The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is well-positioned for the future as it takes a long-term perspective in its planning. This includes studying the latest-generation F-35 fighter jets and investing in advanced unmanned aerial vehicles, according to Chief of Air Force Mervyn Tan.
The F-35 will be the most advanced fighter jet in the JASDF arsenal. Nine more F-35s are planned to be deployed by the end of the 2018 fiscal year. In all, Japan intends to field at least 42 F-35s over the next few years. The first four F-35s were made in the US, and the remaining 38 will be assembled by Mitsubishi Heavy ...
US President Donald Trump's Nuclear Posture Review, formally released Friday afternoon, calls for strapping nuclear weapons onto stealthy F-35 jets, ... “Modernizing our dual-capable fighter bombers with next-generation F-35 fighter aircraft will maintain the strength of NATO's deterrence posture and ...
Back in October 2015, F-35 program managers restricted pilots under 136 lbs. because of problems with the Martin Baker US16E pilot escape system and the weight of the F-35 helmet. These errors created "an unacceptable risk of neck injury during parachute deployment/opening for lighter-weight pilots at ...
David "Chip" Berke, a retired US Marine Corps Lt. Col. who flew F-18s off aircraft carriers, the F-22 Raptor, and became an F-35 squadron commander who helped write the book on F-35 tactics, said the new pilots represent the first generation of true fifth-generation fighters. "Guys like me and everyone ...
Efforts to improve the reliability of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 are “stagnant,” undercut by problems such as aircraft sitting idle over the last year awaiting spare parts from the contractor, according to the Pentagon's testing office. The availability of the fighter jet for missions when needed — a key metric ...
Landing a fighter jet on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean might sound like trying to place a football on a sixpence from the other end of the field but the plane does all of the work. The "lift fan" on the aircraft, mounted just behind the cockpit, means that the jet can not only take off from a very short ...
American global aerospace, defense and security company Lockheed Martin proposed to manufacture custom-built F-35 fighter planes in India, which would provide the latter a chance to become part of the world's biggest fighter aircraft ecosystem. Lockheed Martin's vice president of strategy and business ...
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The F-35 is the United States Air Force's newest fighter jet. The new war planes are set to replace the Green Mountain Boys fleet of aging F-16s, landing in Vermont next year. "I hope people are not bullied into thinking that supporting the f-35 basing is a patriotic duty," said Rosanne ...
The United States State Department has approved a sale of 34 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take-off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft to Belgium, the Pentagon said. According to a statement on Friday, published by the Defence Security Cooperation Agency under the US Department of Defence, the ...
The platform being offered provides unmatched opportunities for Indian companies of all sizes, including micro, small & medium enterprises (MSMEs) and suppliers throughout India, to establish new business relationships with Lockheed Martin and other industry leaders in the US and around the globe, ...
The State Department plans to sell 34 F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jets to Belgium for a possible $6.53 billion, the department told Congress on Friday. The proposed foreign military sale includes the aircraft, four spare engines and various communication and navigation systems “to provide Belgium with a ...
A flight simulator for the new £92million fighter jet set to arrive at RAF Marham in Norfolk this summer, some 26 years after it first went into development, was put through its paces in London this week. The F-35 simulator took centre stage at the IET London, Savoy Place, where guests including a Defence ...
Interview What's it like to fly an F-35 fighter jet? We interviewed the chief British test pilot about a uniquely British flying technique – and then had a play with a full cockpit simulator to find out for ourselves. Squadron Leader Andy Edgell is the Royal Air Force's top test pilot for the F-35 flight trials programme.
The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today tried his hand at flying and landing the brand-new F-35 fighter jet- via a simulator. At an event held at the Institute for Engineering and Technology, the cockpit demonstrator gave the Mr Williamson a feel for flying the new aircraft. He practiced landing and ...
The Turkish military says it wants to make sure there is a secure link between its future F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and the Turkish Air Force's main computer networks that will prevent the inadvertent sharing of classified information. This comes as many of the countries involved in the international stealth ...
"In November we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets," Trump said. "We have a total of 52 and they've delivered a number of them already a little ahead of schedule." Trump appeared to read the comments from a prepared statement and likely mistook the number of aircraft in the deal -- 52 ...
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced on Wednesday the country would purchase 52 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin (LMT), calling it the country's “largest, single public investment ever,” as well as P-8 maritime aircraft from Boeing (BA). “The American economy is doing well and our ...
Turkey placed its first Joint Strike Fighter order in 2014 under its low-rate initial production 10 program, and its second order in October 2016. ... Under the program, the successful contender will connect the information systems installed on the F-35 fighter aircraft with the Air Forces' information systems ...
Built in 1980s, it has been upgraded to deploy new Marine Corps F-35B stealth fighter jets. The fifth-generation fighter jets are seen as a major advantage for the United States in any contingencies involving North Korea as they are undetectable by Pyongyang's radars. While the Marine Corps F-35s, which ...
“I understand that the military top brass have recently discussed whether they can introduce a small number of F-35B fighters and operate them aboard the new ship that has already been deployed and one to be additionally built,” the report cited an unnamed military source as saying. The same source ...


 

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